It is remarkable that it’s mostly tech companies that are beginning to explore new options for re-inventing the automotive industry. Famous examples include Google and Tesla. Self-driving cars, sensor technology and the Internet of Things will have a profound impact on society and the industry itself. So why are traditional car manufacturers not on the forefront of innovation? The answer is actually quite clear: mobile technology is one thing, cars are another. Smart phones entered our lives not long ago. We accept technical problems, because the technology is quite new. Cars however, are not a novelty anymore. We have high expectations. For car manufacturers, reliability is everything. They are also confident that they have the trust of their customers. This makes it even more important that car and technology companies work together. For example, Google built its own car, but also announced that it’s going to integrate technology for OEMs. Companies should realize that you can’t separate technological innovation for cars from car manufacturing. Convergence of technologies The next couple of years will mark the convergence of several new technologies on the car as a platform. Think about Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented reality and holographic projections of data on the front window. These will improve the quality of driving and the experience of people traveling in cars. Some of them merely change the way you interact with existing on-board systems, but others will open doors to completely new possibilities. AI can predict what the driver needs and even take action upon these predictions. If you’ll drive an electric vehicle, it will book a charging station... read more
The Internet of Things revolution is still in its early days, but is already driving the digitalization of industries across our Nordic market. It changes business models and creates new opportunities as well as new companies but also adds demands to adapt in order to capture these new value opportunities and ensure future competitiveness. The Nordic region is among the most mature markets in the world and the number of connected devices is expected to reach 150mn by 2020. This is well over five connected devices per person in the region. In a global economy this enables our Nordic companies to view the world as their market. This puts new demands on us as an operator having provided regional Nordic and Baltic connectivity services with high data consumption, we are now asked to work with our customers and partners as part of their global expansion. To have your trusted connectivity partner is important as is having the opportunity to expand globally. This requires new value networks enabling our Nordic enterprises to enjoy simpler, more profitable routes to launching and expanding global M2M services to the global market. “Global connectivity services such as Multi-Domestic-Service with its one platform, one SIM and one user experience designed to help global enterprises capitalize on the global expansion” says Marie Sanda, Director of Products at Telia IoT. “However, technology platforms is not all and the alliances among the tier one operators ensure simplicity in management of globally connected products and is a vital part of ensuring global connectivity” Marie continues On top of a strong European footprint working with some of the leading partners... read more
How are mobile-connected products transforming our personal and working lives? Down at the GSMA Innovation City at the 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC) leading telecommunications companies including the Global M2M Association (GMA) showcased from February 22 to 25 products and solutions that are changing the way the world communicates “Mobile is everything”—this year’s MWC aimed to define what “mobile” means. Which devices are or can become mobile? How does digitization change different industries and, with them, the way people live? Answers were given by more than 2,200 exhibitors, which showcased four days long innovative products and groundbreaking services at the fair ground in Barcelona. Nearly 101,000 industry experts and decision makers from 204 countries met to share news and views and initiate new business. “Mobile World Congress hit a significant milestone in 2016 as visitors to the event surpassed 100,000 for the first time,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd. “This year’s Mobile World Congress incorporated a diverse range of events, spanning multiple sectors and interests, reflecting the expanding role of mobile around the world. We once again enjoyed a tremendously stimulating show, featuring a world-class speaker line-up and a range of cutting-edge product launches that will set the tone for the mobile industry for the remainder of the year and beyond.” GMA is part of the GSMA Innovation City One of the main highlights: the GSMA Innovation City in Hall 3. Estimated 28,000 visitors experienced first-hand the impact of mobile-connected products and services on consumers and businesses. Exciting live demonstrations from GMA and other leading telecommunication providers turned the 2,000 square meters into a visitor magnet. The... read more
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